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  •  We actually are thinking of renting a camper. (2+ / 0-)
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    We have thought about renting a camper to move the cats, but that seems to be a bit extreme.  We also looked at getting a pet barrier to place between the back and front seats, but everything seems to be built for dogs.  We have moved often in the past, but our previous cats thought they were dogs (because they were raised by canines).  We used to take them with us for car trips, hiking and walks in the neighborhood or even just that thirty mile drive for the mail.  Our current cats have not had that kind of exposure. So we are at wits end trying to figure out how to move them-they are all less than three years old (2 yrs 5 mo, 1 yr 9mo, and 6 mo).

    •  If you have time, start taking them for short car (4+ / 0-)

      rides, asap to let them adjust.  When I traveled home with a cat every week-end or two, she got used to it and rode beautifully - just curled up on my lap for the trip.  But when I moved and no longer made that trip regularly, she got like most cats and started hating riding in the car again.  To start them out on a trip like that is pretty rough.

      But in the car, the safest thing is to kennel them - you could even get a larger dog kennel, so they have room and can share.  But leaving them loose in the car creates a HUGE risk that they'll slip out when a door or window is open.  If that happens, you'll likely never see them again.

      Once you've reached your new home, keep them inside for several weeks, including the outdoor one, so they'll recognize they belong there.  Otherwise, again, you might never see them again.

      Good luck to both you and your babies.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:01:01 AM PDT

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    •  call a good vet you trust (1+ / 0-)
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      and ask for "calming treats" recommendations.
      My son has moved all the way across Texas 3 times now. What he does is drop his cats off with us (in the middle) until, in the new place, he's got their place (cat-percolator fountain, litter box, climbing tree) all set up. Then he gives them a calming treat and a ride in a carrier.
      I don't think I'd want to carry cats more than five or six hours in a moving vehicle.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 09:09:05 AM PDT

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      •  true story (1+ / 0-)
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        i recently made a 5.5-hour trip with a kitteh, sans treats.  she was really unhappy in the carrier, and rather than trying to jam my hand all up inz to pet and calm her, i just put her in my lap and kinda made it clear that it was my lap or the box.  

        she chilled out and sat in my lap the whole way.  obviously, mileage will vary, and i wasn't driving.

        but it worked for us somehow.

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        by Cedwyn on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:05:28 AM PDT

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        •  Our elderest, a 1994 kitten, will ride in the (1+ / 0-)
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          pickup, around the block, once in awhile. Upon arrival home, though, he always gets down on his belly, kisses the round and rolls around on it. I think it's incipient motion-sickness -- cats who grow up riding in cars don't seem to mind it as much as cats who don't.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:26:27 AM PDT

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